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Time to Get Up? (4/20/14)

UUCM2014042019:52 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Easter Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“It is difficult to say what is impossible – for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”
–Robert H. Schuller

“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”
–Clarence W. Hall

“The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.”
–Deepak Chopra

A STORY FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
Rev. Judy Tomlinson

PRAYER & MEDITATION

AN EASTER HOMILY
“Time to Get Up?”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Andrea Sandahl-Hart

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Passing Over or Passing Through? (4/13/14)

25:14 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being.”
–Morris Joseph

“There is no true liberty for the individual except as he finds it in the liberty of all. There is no true security for the individual except as he finds it in the security for all.”
–Edwin Markham

“Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian holidays that move in sync, like the ice skating pairs we saw during the winter Olympics.”
–Marvin Olasky

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From the Hebrew Book of Exodus, Chapter 12
From the UU Montclair Haggadah

SERMON
“Passing Over or Passing Through?”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Andrea Sandahl-Hart

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Unitarian Universalism is on the Move (4/6/14)

25:14 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Universalists are often asked to tell where they stand. The only true answer…is that we do not stand at all, we move.”
–Rev. Lewis B. Fisher

“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.”
–Jim Rohn

“Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.”
–Ray Bradbury

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From the Hebrew Book of Daniel
From You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

SERMON
“Unitarian Universalism is on the Move”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Andrea Sandahl-Hart

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Milestones and Meanings (3/30/14)

23:58 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“I believe in living a poetic life, an art full life. Everything we do from the way we raise our children to the way we welcome our friends is part of a large canvas we are creating.
–Maya Angelou

“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”
–Langston Hughes

“Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love.”
–Barbara Jordan

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From Chapter 29 of “The Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu, as translated by Derek Lin
From “Here We Are, You and I” by Rev. Robert Killam

SERMON
“Milestones and Meanings”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Joel Naftelberg

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God, the Movie (3/23/14)

26:46 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Oh my God!”
–Common expression of astonishment & awe

“The spiritual is completely real.”
–A. Powell Davies

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Hebrew Book of Exodus 3:13-14
From The Cathedral of the World: A Universalist Theology by Rev. Forrest Church

SERMON
“God, the Movie”
Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Joel Naftelberg

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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep… And Other Prayers for Dark (or Light) Places (3/16/14)

25:36 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”
–Theodore Rubin

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”
–Corrie Ten Boom

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From the Hebrew Book of Job
A slightly adapted piece from “The Silence of God” by James P. Carse

SERMON
“Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep… And Other Prayers for Dark (or Light) Places”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Joel Naftelberg

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Seeking Intimacy and Ultimacy Through Small Group Ministry (3/9/14)

20:25 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Worship Leaders from our Covenant Group Ministry.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“There’s nothing more intimate in life than simply being understood. And understanding someone else.”
–Brad Meltzer

“The spiritual thirst that is latent in everybody can never come to a place of fulfillment unless people begin to think of each other as potential brothers and sisters.”
–Malidoma Some

“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”
–Woodrow T. Wilson

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver
An interpretation of Intimacy, Ultimacy and Service by the Writing as Spiritual Practice Covenant Group

SERMON
“Seeking Intimacy and Ultimacy Through Small Group Ministry”
Worship Leaders from our Covenant Group Ministry

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Joel Naftelberg

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Our Shared Ministry Moving Forward (3/2/14)

22:01 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s New Member Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“The abundant heart does not consider service a punishment or sharing a burden. Rather, it sees the unmet needs of the community as if they were those of a loved one and acts to meet them.”
–Stephen Shick

“The great struggle for liberal religion is how best to manifest the broadest individual liberty while knowing that in the last analysis we exist only within relationships.”
–James Ishmael Ford

“It is not enough that we stand; we must endeavor to hold up our friends.”
–James Walker

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From THE Hebrew Book of Isaiah:
“A Valley Like This,” by William Stafford

SERMON
“Our Shared Ministry Moving Forward”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Joel Naftelberg

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Building the Dream and Ending the Nightmare (2/23/14)

UUCM2014020214:52 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
–Malcolm X

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.”
–Malcolm X

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: MODERN & ANCIENT 
From the Autobiography of Malcolm X.
From Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon “Where Do We Go From Here?”
From Micha 6:8

DRAMATIC PRESENTATION
“If We Could Meet” by Dionne Ford
Performed by Isaiah Braugher and Lawrence Ramsey

COMMUNITY IN CREATION
“Building the Dream and Ending the Nightmare”
Everyone

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Cheryl Crawford

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Judgment Day: Do Computer Algorithms Determine What You Know and Believe? (2/16/14)

UUCM2014020224:36 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Dr. Ursula Wolz.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“You can’t think seriously about thinking without thinking about thinking about something.”
–Seymour Papert

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READING
From The Introduction to Living Buddha, Living Christ by Elaine Pagels

SERMON
“Judgment Day: Do Computer Algorithms Determine What You Know and Believe?”
Dr. Ursula Wolz

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Cheryl Crawford

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